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Hello, {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}}, welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on Congressional, federal, and state health IT legislative and regulatory activities from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback. If you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.


Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Examines Cybersecurity Responsibilities at HHS
The legislation, which is supported by HIMSS, would establish the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) within the Department of Health and Human Services.


Look to HIMSS for Resources on the New MACRA Proposed Rule
HIMSS has created a suite of resources to help the community understand the new rules.

White House Releases Data Security Framework for Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI)
The Security Framework establishes security expectations for organizations that participate in the PMI and provides a risk management approach to achieving those principles in order to ensure the protection of participants’ sensitive data - a foundational asset of the PMI.


US Supreme Court Ruling Allows Antitrust Lawsuits against State Medical Licensing Boards
The decision left state boards that license doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other professionals liable for antitrust violations if they make it difficult for new telemedicine companies to do business in their state.


HIMSS Shows Benefits of HIE During the Republican National Convention #EmpowerHIT
HIMSS and the Global Center for Health Innovation and its tenants have created an educational tool, Perspectives on Healthcare Innovation to help visitors understand the importance of healthcare information exchange....

The HIMSS APM Task Force Calls for Volunteers #ReThinkRCM
The HIMSS Alternative Payment Model (APM) Infrastructure Task Force will address these and other important issues related to the business side of administering APMs. HIMSS is looking for healthcare payers, providers, vendors and association professionals with direct cost-accounting, provider-payer contracting, quality reporting and revenue cycle management experience to join this effort. The first meeting will be held in July....


HIMSS Virtual Job Fair: Find the right job. Heatlh IT Virtual Job Fair. Tuesday, June 21st, 20016 | Noon - 3pm EST

HIMSS Events

Ten-Minute MACRA: What You Need To Know About the Proposed Rule

The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed rule represents a fundamental change in the way health care is paid for and is aimed at establishing the infrastructure for value-based reimbursement. These ten-minute, special report STEPS to Value episodes will provide high-level overviews for the key areas of the proposed rule and information on how you can participate in the HIMSS commenting process. Listen to two episodes in this special series.

  • Ten-Minute MACRA- What’s MACRA?This episode reviews the structure of the proposed rule, including its Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) component & its Alternative Payment Models (APM) component. We will also discuss the current programs rolled into the new regulation, and implications in the proposed rule for hospitals as well as clinicians.
  • Ten-Minute MACRA- Terms & Definitions: With the proposed rule comes a whole new set of acronyms, terms & definitions that you need to learn to better understand the actions proposed in the regulation. This episode will help you learn the new language of MACRA.
  • Ten-Minute MACRA- What is MIPS?: A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, otherwise known as MIPS. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.
  • Ten-Minute MACRA- What are APMs?: A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Alternative Payment Models, otherwise known as APMs. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.

Healthcare Transformation and Shifting to Value Payments: A HIMSS MACRA Webinar Series
June 1, 2016

2016 Summer Social | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
June 1, 2016

Combatting the Epidemic of Healthcare Data Threats
June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016

AAMI Annual Conference
June 3, 2016

HIMSS17 Conference & Exhibition. HIMSS17 Call for proposals is open!

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